Youth And Family Organizer - MCYJ - Ann Arbor, MI
Are you looking for an opportunity to elevate the voices of justice-impacted young people and their families. Please read on!
About the Organization
MCYJ is a private not-for-profit organization that works to advance equitable youth justice policies and practices that protect young people and help them achieve their full potential.
Our Vision is a fair and effective justice system for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults. Since our establishment in 1956 as the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD), our organization has been a trailblazer in addressing the causes of crime. MCCD was founded by concerned citizen leaders from throughout our state as a vehicle to assure that the laws and policies aimed at controlling crime were fair, effective, and affordable. MCCD changed its name to the Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) in January of 2020. This historic name change was a result of a strategic refocus that took place in 2019. We found that while many new and existing organizations were working to reform Michigan’s adult criminal justice, there were no organizations devoted exclusively to advancing policy reforms for Michigan’s youth justice system. As a result, we changed our vision, mission, and name to better reflect a laser-focus on advocacy to improve outcomes for justice-involved children, youth and young adults.
Our values include the following
Community and Connection: Youth deserve to remain connected to their families and communities, even if they become justice system-involved. They should be recognized for their strengths and value, not just for their mistakes.
Commitment: We can be counted on to persist in our work for fair, equitable justice reform for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults. We will never stop re-imagining compassionate solutions.
Equity: All justice-involved youth are treated in a fair and just manner that considers the systematic practices and biases related to identity, background, and personal experience.
Inclusion: We believe that diverse perspectives create better solutions. Families who are impacted by the youth justice system should be at the center of our work.
Restoration: The youth justice system should be restorative and rehabilitative. Kids who get in trouble are still kids.
About the Opportunity
MCYJ is seeking to hire a part-time, contractual Youth and Family Organizer to join our dynamic team of staff and contractors. The Youth and Family Organizer will engage justice-impacted young people and their families throughout Michigan to gather feedback around our policy priorities and to support them in sustained advocacy toward systems change. The Youth and Family Organizer should be firmly grounded in social justice change - specifically around justice reform and have strong community organizing experience.
We are looking for an experienced community organizer with a passion for youth and family engagement, incredible people skills, and knowledge of or interest in Michigan’s youth justice system.
- Work closely with MCYJ policy and leadership staff to develop, coordinate and implement community engagement plans throughout Michigan.
- Support youth and families directly impacted by the juvenile justice system in building their power to advocate for justice reform.
- Ensure that voices of justice-impacted youth and families are incorporated into MCYJ’s various advocacy campaigns.
- Participate in advocacy coalition meetings as appropriate.
- Organize community engagement events to understand the justice reform priorities of those with lived experiences.
- In partnership with the executive director, work to identify board members who the juvenile justice system has personally impacted.
- As applicable, work with outreach and engagement contractor to attend outreach events, communicate with volunteer advocates, and provide basic public education about the work of MCYJ.
- Collaborate with MCYJ communications coordinator to expand supporter base and connect with various audiences across the state.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of two years of experience (paid or volunteer) working with young people (ages 15 through 25) through mentoring, leadership development or organizing.
- Understanding and/or commitment to advancing the mission of MCYJ.
- Ability to work closely and effectively with other people and organizations, as well as a talent for building new connections.
- Experience with outreach and desire to grow in grassroots organizing skills.
- Available to work flexible hours, including afternoons and occasional evening and weekend events.
- Computer literate and proficient with virtual meeting applications, email, Google suite, and/or Microsoft Office programs.
- (desired) Working knowledge of the Michigan juvenile justice system and policy landscape.
- Schedule will require flexibility to accommodate the availability of stakeholders, special events, fundraisers, etc., including evenings and weekends.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license, cellphone, laptop, and reliable internet and dependable personal transportation.
- This position will require regular travel throughout Michigan, with mileage reimbursed at the federal rate.
- Consultant will report directly to deputy and executive directors.
- This is a contractual position, paid hourly, at an average of 20 hours/week, with potential for renewal and eventually consideration of employment.
- Pay is $25 to $35 per hour, depending on experience.